On the final day of the midseason training camp in the Hérault region, Patrice Lair and Lara Dickenmann look back at the standout moments of run to the 2011 European title.
ZVEZDA (0-0, 1-0)
Patrice Lair: "In the first leg, we hit the posts twice and didn’t make the most of our chances. We should have ended the contest in that first leg, but I was still confident. It was here that the real story started, with Lara’s goal in the return leg, that goal that was suddenly on all the TV channels."
Lara Dickenmann: "At the Stade Gerland, I was on the bench in the first half and I was really nervous. When I came on, I know people are expecting me to make the difference so I just gave it everything. I was lucky enough to score a great goal and qualify us for the semis.”
ARSENAL (2-0, 3-2)
Lara Dickenmann: "We’d never ever seen 20,000 fans at the Stade Gerland. We made a great start and scored twice in the opening 10 minutes. With that 2-0 ahead of the return leg away, we were all-but qualified.”
Patrice Lair: "I think we could probably have ended the tie earlier by scoring a few more in that first leg. In the return leg, Sarah Bouhaddi made a fantastic save at the start of the match and then we scored three thanks to the excellent Eugénie Le Sommer. Over the whole tie, we only played one good half of football per game.”
Lara Dickenmann: "For us, this was revenge for the final we lost in 2010. We had been so close and we didn’t want to go through that again. We had more experience. It was a really tight match and they had chances to score, but we took ours. We worked really hard for that and I still can’t explain what I felt when the final whistle blew.”
Patrice Lair: "I knew it was the year to win it. We fought so hard, like for that first goal from Wendie Renard, and that last ditch save from Amandine Henry. Then Eugénie and Lara finished the job and that was that. It was without a doubt the highlight of my career.”